Oh John, Letterman is really PISSED!

There is the obligitory nod to War Hero (TM) McCain, but the rest is about as harsh & extensive as I've ever seen from Dave.  K.O is but a bystander.  

This one's for the spacemen-stalker.

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From Obama: Past Events that Did NOT Stop Debates

Update [2008-9-24 22:11:15 by January 20]: Link included.

Via The Page. http://thepage.time.com/obama-campaign-release-on-debate-day-history/

The Obama campaign has released a handy timeline of some of the major news events on days of past presidential debates.  Events that did not interfere with those debates.

If you want the compressed version without specific timelines, here are some of the highlights:

Soviets announce ready to put first astronaut into space, Bomb injures 33 in Times Square in 3rd explosion in 11 days,
US embargo on Cuba announced, KRUSHCHEV SAYS USSR HAS NUCLEAR SUBS, Chinese nuke tests fallout on US soil, Iranian parliament resumes debate on US hostages. Questions of arms to Saudi Arabia from US, US hostages in Lebanon, Middle East violence erupts, Attack of USS Cole occurred 5 days earlier, North Korea has said it has turned plutonium from 8,000 spent fuel rods into nuclear weapons

And Kruschev banged his shoe!

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The full list after the bump.

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Karzai Agrees To Meet With Palin

There's no real depth to this 'diary'.  For starters, it's about Palin.   To be honest, I couldn't resist posting what seems to me to be the most ridiculous headline of the day.  Then again, we have in Palin a great generator of the absurd.

From today's WaPo http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2008/09/19/AR2008091903820. html?hpid=topnews :

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will meet next week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in New York, on the sidelines of the opening of the U.N. General Assembly, according to Afghan officials in Washington.

The meeting is part of a broader effort to demonstrate the Alaska governor's ability to handle foreign policy issues, at a time when she has come under fire for a lack of experience on the international stage. The opportunity to speak before the United Nations annually draws the world's leaders to Manhattan, and the GOP presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), plans to use the occasion to introduce Palin to those officials, McCain aides have said.

"It's a great opportunity for Governor Palin to meet and interact with some of the world leaders she will deal with as vice president," said one McCain adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because her U.N. schedule had not been made public. "She'll talk about the issues facing the world."

More on Sarah's Superstardom & curious omissions after the bump.

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Must-Read: How McCain Lost Me - Elizabeth Drew

McCain's recent conduct of his campaign - his willingness to lie repeatedly (including in his acceptance speech) and to play Russian roulette with the vice-presidency, in order to fulfill his long-held ambition - has reinforced my earlier, and growing, sense that John McCain is not a principled man.

In fact, it's not clear who he is.

That's the takeaway from the biting essay by Elizabeth Drew, author of the pro-McCain book, Citizen McCain (Simon & Schuster, 2002)

From HOW JOHN McCAIN LOST MEhttp://www.politico.com/news/stories/090 8/13541.html

Now let's take a look Drew's painful journey of discovery.  It begins with the familiar tale of the honorable and principled man we knew of - if only by way of legend. Bear with me as we briefly revisit the hoary old myth of John McCain:

I have been a longtime admirer of John McCain. During the 2000 Republican presidential primaries I publicly defended McCain against the pro-Bush Republicans' whisper campaign that he was too unstable to be president (aware though I was that he had a temper). Two years later I published a positive book about him, "Citizen McCain."

I admired John McCain as a man of principle and honor. He had become emblematic of someone who spoke his mind, voted his conscience, and demonstrated courage in bucking his own party and fighting for what he believed in. He gained a well-deserved reputation as a maverick. He was seen as taking principled positions on such issues as tax equity (opposing the newly elected Bush's tax cut), fighting political corruption, and, later, taking on the Bush administration on torture. He came off as a man of decency. He took political risks.

Having emerged, ironically, from his bitter 2000 primary fight against Bush as an immensely popular figure, he set out to be a new force in American politics. He decided to form and lead a centrist movement, believing that that was where the country was and needed leadership. He went against the grain of his party on the environment, patients' bill of rights, and, of course, campaign finance reform.

The tide turns after the bump.

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Lynn Forester de Rothschild to Endorse McCain Today and will campaign for him

Update [2008-9-17 15:1:18 by January 20]: Thanks to duende for reminding me that Lynn Forester de Rothschild is, in fact, a lady. Diary appropriately amended.

Just as most of the rational world is tearing into McCain for runnning one of the most blatantly dishonest and dishonorable campaigns in recent history, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is set to endorse him.

Just as most of the rational world is disgusted by McCain's irresponsible and baldly political pick for Veep, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is set to endorse him.

Just as NOW endorses the Democratic ticket specifically because [Palin's]"positions on so many of the issues are really anathema to ours." Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is set to endorse McCain/Palin.

There's more, of course, but I'll stop it there.  

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Hillary supporter, friend, and Democrat, has decided that, somehow, McCain/Palin is a better fit for her view of the country.

And why is Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild turning her back on every issue and policy that Hillary and Democrats in general hold dear?

"This is a hard decision for me personally because frankly I don't like him," she said of Obama in an interview with CNN's Joe Johns. "I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him."

She just doesn't like him.

As for being elitist, well, others have pointed out that it's hard to be more of an elite than Lady Lynn Forrester de Rothschild.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_ banking_family_of_England 

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.

More elitism after the bump.

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That Sexist B-tch!

From Steve Benen http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archive s/individual/2008_09/014731.php

Sorry for using the B-word, but after Carly Fiorina's thoughts on the SNL sketch I am full of righteous rage at The Man.  And in this case The Man is Tina Fey.  Tina Fey is a totally Sexist B-tch!  And Amy Pohler is a Sexist B-tch!  And, depending just what Carly is getting at here, there's a chance she's including Hillary in the Axis of Sexism.  The only non-Sexist of the lot seems to be the Shining Star, Sarah.  

"[T]he portrait [on "SNL"] was very dismissive of the substance of Sarah Palin, and so, in that sense, they were defining Hillary Clinton as very substantive and Sarah Palin as totally superficial," Fiorina argued. "I think that continues the line of argument that is disrespectful in the extreme and yes, I would say, sexist, in the sense that just because Sarah Palin has different views than Hillary Clinton does not mean that she lacks substance."

On the bright side it's good to see the Republicans suddenly know that there is something called sexism.

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McCain: Flip-Flop or Fib? - ARMY TIMES

Poor John McCain; the Liberal Media Elite are still ganging up on the "Noble Warrior" / "Man Of Honor" / "Straight-Talking Maverick".

Well, that's if you consider the ARMY TIMES to be liberal or elitist.  

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2008/09/de fense_mccain_FCS_091208/

On Sept. 8, the Republican presidential candidate told a rally crowd in Lee's Summit, Mo., about an Obama video message to a liberal advocacy group.

"He promised them he would, quote, `slow our development of Future Combat Systems,'" McCain said, according to wire reports. "This is not a time to slow our development of Future Combat Systems."

Flashback to July, however, when his campaign furnished McCain's economic plan to The Washington Post, declaring that "there are lots of procurements -- Airborne Laser, [C-17] Globemaster, Future Combat System [sic] -- that should be ended and the entire Pentagon budget should be scrubbed."

In fact, McCain has long criticized the over-budget, behind-schedule FCS program. In 2005, he blasted the Army for allowing the program to balloon to $161 billion, and forced the service to rewrite the main FCS contract.

So where does McCain really stand? Some bloggers and analysts have suggested that he used the term "future combat systems" generically. Obama's campaign maintains their candidate was speaking specifically about FCS, in which case McCain may be twisting his rival's words.

McCain's "superficial statements"& more after the bump.

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Ben Stein's Meltdown Video [UPDATE]

Sorry, this is not much of a diary.  I just can't resist sharing this clip.  Ben Stein is having a complete meltdown over Palin.  Yes crazy "Intelligent Design" Ben Stein.

Just watch for yourselves & have fun.

Oh Sarah, you really are the gift that keeps on giving!

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GLORIA STEINEM: Palin [is] Wrong Woman, Wrong Message

You really don't want to hear any editorializing from me on Gloria Steinem's brilliant op-ed in today's LA Times.  Follow the link to read the full text: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-o e-steinem4-2008sep04,0,7541303.story

Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing -- the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party -- are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women -- and to many men too -- who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the "white-male-only" sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes.

But here is even better news: It won't work. This isn't the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie.

Selecting Sarah Palin, who was touted all summer by Rush Limbaugh, is no way to attract most women, including die-hard Clinton supporters. Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Clinton. Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for -- and that Barack Obama's still does. To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, "Somebody stole my shoes, so I'll amputate my legs."

This is not to beat up on Palin. I defend her right to be wrong, even on issues that matter most to me. I regret that people say she can't do the job because she has children in need of care, especially if they wouldn't say the same about a father. I get no pleasure from imagining her in the spotlight on national and foreign policy issues about which she has zero background, with one month to learn to compete with Sen. Joe Biden's 37 years' experience.

More after the bump.

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BREAKING: Palin Emails Leak - WaPo

Not much input as I'm listening to trash-talkin' Rudy while I write this.  Catch the full piece here:

Palin E-Mails Show Intense Interest in Trooper's Penalty

By James V. Grimaldi and Karl Vick
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 4, 2008; A27

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska, Sept. 3 -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate for GOP presidential candidate John McCain, wrote e-mails that harshly criticized Alaska state troopers for failing to fire her former brother-in-law and ridiculed an internal affairs investigation into his conduct.

The e-mails were shown to The Washington Post by a former public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan, who was fired by Palin in July. Monegan has given copies of the e-mails to state ethics investigators to support his contention that he was dismissed for failing to fire Trooper Mike Wooten, who at the time was feuding with Palin's family.

"This trooper is still out on the street, in fact he's been promoted," said a Feb. 7, 2007, e-mail sent from Palin's personal Yahoo account and written to give Monegan permission to speak on a violent-crime bill before the state legislature.

"It was a joke, the whole year long 'investigation' of him," the e-mail said. "This is the same trooper who's out there today telling people the new administration is going to destroy the trooper organization, and that he'd 'never work for that b**', Palin'.)"

Asked about the e-mails, Palin's campaign spokeswoman, Maria Comella, said that Palin was merely alerting officials to potential threats to her family and that there is no evidence that Palin ever ordered Wooten to be fired.

Deceit after the bump.

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